Study Reveals Exercise May Help Reduce Breast Cancer Pill Side Effect

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Exercise may help women have less joint pain.

There are side effects with many types of prescription medications. Doctors try to limit those symptoms, however, sometimes people simply have to still deal with them. Breast cancer patients are often prescribed estrogen-blocking pills for five years after they undergo their initial treatment of the disease. This is because high amounts of this hormone can contribute to the development of breast cancer. According to the The Des Moines Register, a recent study was conducted involving postmenopausal women who complained of joint pain while taking aromatase inhibitors, which helps to reduce estrogen levels. 

Researchers studied 121 women in total. Half of the participants completed two supervised strength training workouts and an additional 150 minutes of aerobic exercise each week. The other group was informed about the benefits of exercise, yet they completed their normal activities. After a year the first group showed a 20 percent reduction in pain compared to a 3 percent drop for the non-exercising women.

"A lot of people will say, 'if it's going to have a lot of side effects, I'm not going to do it.'" Dr. Eric Winer, study co-author and breast cancer chief at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, told the source. "The truth is, not everyone gets symptoms. Exercise might be a solution."

The study was funded by the National Cancer Institute and was led by researchers from the Yale Cancer Center and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

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